August 17th, 2006

Me Barbarian

Happy Birthday, kelloggs2066!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

Anything overwhelming or exceptional, from a repartee to an earthquake.
--John Farmer and W.S. Henley's Slang and Analogues, 1890-1904

A perversion of doxology, taken in the sense of [a] finishing act, in allusion to the customary singing of the doxology at the close of [a church] service.
--William Whitney's Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1889

I gave the fellow a socdologer over the head with the barrel of my gun.
--Davy Crockett's "The Bear Hunt," 1835

Birthday of Davy Crockett (1786-1836),
legendary American frontiersman. He was elected to Congress in 1827 and served three terms. Returning home to Tennessee, he was asked about the habits of Washingtonians. "They have breakfast when the sun in one or two hours high," Crockett replied, "when you fellas have done nearly a half day's work. About one or two o'clock, they have what they call 'lunch,' and way in the night they have their dinner." Asked when capital residents eat supper, Crockett thought for a moment and added, "They don't get that 'til the next day."

Jonny Freakinouter, that was a sockdologer!

...Nah, I just can't see it.

-The Gneech, king of the wild frontier
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Must-See SJ?

Websnark has an interesting essay today about the cultural phenomenon of the "New Fall Season" -- how creative endeavors, particularly on the internet, get a burst of energy, enthusiasm, and new starts in the fall.

This is not a new phenomenon, of course ... on messageboards, particularly in the furry community, there's always an influx of new users. In the days of alt.*.furry, this also meant the inevitable new rash of obnoxious trolls. Veteran campaigners would just simply shake our heads, sigh, and say, "September." Obviously, a lot of it has to do with the start of the school year, particularly college for reasons that are probably obvious to anyone who's been there. I know that for me, college was a whole new life -- and a vast improvement over the crappy one I'd been living before.

Anyway, in the past couple of weeks there's been a noticeable pick up among the jungloid community. The portfolio pieces are getting a lot of discussion (for good or ill), and both my e-mail and the tip jar have noticed a sudden surge in activity. (W00t!)

Obviously, I'm excited about this. ^.^ But I'm also curious as to what prompted it, and how much of it is related to the renaissance of NeverNever.

In any case, I'm very glad it's happening. :) For a while, aside from the hardcore jungloids, it was a bit quiet out there. ;) But to be fair, SJ has not been at its best either. I hope to fix that, come September.

-The Gneech
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